"You wake up on a sunny August morning with birds singing, and the air fresh and clear. However, your joints are stiff and you have not woken up in your bedroom as you would have expected. Trying to recall what happened the night before, you manage to piece together a few brief glimpses to give the following account:"
That is the beginning of "The Pawn", a classic text adventure from Magnetic Scrolls. Since I loved those games when I grew up, I always wanted to play it on modern hardware. Fortunately, the magnetic scrolls memorial website enabled me to do so.
One day, when I looked at the sourcecode of the interpreter available there, I realized that even more than playing, I wanted to recreate the virtual machine myself. The simplicity and the atmosphere of playing games in a terminal is wonderful, so I came up with ways to render the beautiful BEAUTIFUL images in glorious ANSI art.
dMagnetic - A Magnetic Scrolls Interpreter can be used to play "The Pawn", "The Guild of Thieves", "Jinxter", "Fish!", "Myth", "Corruption" and "Wonderland".
On July 25th, 2019, I joined the ranks to THE GUILD OF THIEVES.
On November 20th, 2019, I rescued the princess in THE PAWN.
On November 30th, 2019, I successfully ported dMagnetic to SGI IRIX 6.5.
On December 27th, 2019, I decided to publish dMagnetic as .tar.bz2 files.
On April 27th, 2020, I installed dMagnetic in Ubuntu 20.02 as an official package.
Version 0.22 (13-feb-2020)This release saw MAJOR additions. Not only allows the new "sixel" mode for better looking graphics (in certain terminal emulators), but also the game binaries from "Wonderland" and "The Magnetic Scrolls Collection Volume 1" can be used to play the game directly. Those contained images for playing with EGA graphics. Using the new parameter -ega, it is now possible to enjoy those.
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